Formation and Worship Offerings
Deadline for Vacation Bible School:
The registration deadline for Vacation Bible School is July 25. The cost is $30.00 per child for the August 3-7 event. Children will need a sack lunch each day for the 8:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. experience. RSVP online
or contact Laurie Burlington (firstname.lastname@example.org
, 704-749-6155) with questions.
happens in the Eucharist? What is so special about The Book of Common Prayer
? How can you get to know fellow parishioners better? Come explore these questions and more in our eight-week Inquirers'/Confirmation class, in preparation for the Bishop's visitation on Sunday, October 4. Our clergy, along with parishioners Michael Koppenal and Ruth Woodend, will lead the course, which begins August 2 at 9:15 a.m. in the Parlor. (Note the fifteen minute earlier start time.) To sign up or if you have questions, email the Reverend Joslyn Schaefer (email@example.com
). To learn more about confirmation, reaffirmation of faith, or reception into the Episcopal Church, check the website for more information
Sign Up for Kerygma:
You can register now for Kerygma, the Bible study the Reverend Murdock Smith leads. Fourteen sessions on The Gospel of Luke will be offered Mondays at 6:00 p.m. September 14 through December 14. Text and materials cost $25.00. January 25 through May 2, the sessions will explore the Acts of the Apostles, also for $25.00. Reach out to Father Murdock by email (firstname.lastname@example.org
) to find out more or RSVP online
Childcare during Sunday 8:00 a.m. Worship Begins August 2:
St. Peter's is blessed to have an abundance of families with young children. In order to meet the needs of parents with young children, childcare will be offered during both Sunday morning liturgies beginning August 2. Families are invited to attend whatever service best fits their needs, along with 9:30 a.m. formation (education) offerings for adults, youth, and children. Visit the formation calendar for upcoming events
Pride Parade Sign-Up Begins:
Beginning Sunday, July 26, you can sign up to participate in the Pride Parade on Sunday, August 16. The Pride Festival and Parade will celebrate strides in achieving equality for the LGBT community and advocacy for equality and dignity in all areas of life. St. Peter’s hopes for a significant number of walkers (our goal is 150) to walk in the 1:00 p.m. parade, as well as volunteers to offer hospitality on our front lawn to those who are walking in and watching the parade from the sidelines. Look for the sign-up table after church, contact Bob Beardsley (email@example.com
, 704-544-0609), or sign up online
Training for Licensed Lay Ministry:
If you wish to serve as a Eucharistic Minister, a Lector, or an Usher after August 30, it is time to complete the training and continuing education required by the Guidelines for Licensed Lay Ministry
in the Diocese of North Carolina. Those interested can choose one of the following sessions: For Eucharistic Minister
, either Sunday, July 26, or Sunday, August 2; register no later than Wednesday, July 22. For Usher
, either Sunday, August 9, or Sunday, August 16; register no later than Wednesday, August 5. For Lector,
either Sunday, August 9, or Sunday, August 16; register no later than August 5. All sessions are 9:15 a.m. until 10:15 a.m. To register, email Director of Ministry Development Mary Virginia Woodall (firstname.lastname@example.org) by the deadlines indicated above and indicate which session you will attend. If you know of others who might wish to serve through this ministry or you wish to discuss your current and future ministry, contact Mary Virginia Woodall at the email address listed above or call her at 704-749-6151.
Holy Faces Photo Directory Now Online:
St. Peter’s photo directory of members is now available online. Once you’ve signed on through the link at web.st-peters.org/holyfaces
, check your photo. The directory will be updated monthly, so if your photo is missing or needs to be updated, please email a medium-quality photo to Peg Robarchek (email@example.com
). You can update your own information to reflect new contact information.
Registration Deadline Moved to July 26 for Parish Retreat Weekend:
As registrations for all ages are filling up for August 21-23, interested persons now have until this Sunday to register for our parish retreat weekend. “Celebrate Prayer!” is this year’s theme at Kanuga Conference Center in the mountains of North Carolina. Expect to be fed spiritually, participate in a program facilitated by the Reverend Ollie V. Rencher and Director of Youth Formation Lyn Holt, as well as to rest or enjoy activities, including hiking, tennis, canoeing, fishing, and apple-picking. Pricing includes meals, lodging, and refreshments. Look online or for postcards in the Parish House lobby for one or two-night pricing. Scholarships are still available through the parish clergy. Click here
to sign up today.
Servant Ministry: How to Get Involved.
To assist parishioners with getting involved in servant ministry through parish and non-parish outreach and social justice initiatives, the Rector has appointed parishioner Michael Koppenal to the volunteer staff role of Servant Ministries Coordinator and the Reverend Murdock Smith (Assisting Priest) as the clergy resource for Outreach and Social Justice Ministry. Contact Michael Koppenal (firstname.lastname@example.org
, 201-674-1191) to learn more. Visit the Servant Ministry tab under Explore at www.st-peters.org
for a listing of our servant ministry partners and more.
St. Peter’s Calendar Online:
You can now take a look at an online calendar to see everything that’s going on here at St. Peter’s. The easy-to-use calendar is updated regularly to reflect the latest events and happenings. You’ll be able to see the month at a glance, plus click on a specific event for more details. Check the St. Peter’s website
for the News & Events, then click on Calendar.
Clergy On Call Protocol for Emergencies:
In the event of a hospital or pastoral emergency concerning a parish member or newcomer, contact the Clergy On Call at 704-332-7746. Callers will be directed to a confidential voicemail box that will notify the designated clergy on call for response. This protocol is especially important outside of normal Parish Office Hours, which are Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Parish Clergy limit email correspondence to Parish Office Hours and receive all pastoral phone calls via their publicized direct lines at the Parish House.
Beyond our Doors: Learning and Serving Beyond St. Peter's
Centering Prayer Retreat Day:
Father Tom Ward will share his insights on living a contemplative life during a retreat for the Centering Prayer community on Saturday, August 29, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Myers Park Presbyterian Church. The day will include two periods of Centering Prayer and lunch is included in the $50.00 fee. Register online
We Need to Talk:
This weekly discussion
sponsored by MeckMin
was launched in the wake of the Charleston tragedy, but will continue Monday nights at 7:00 p.m. The location will alternate between Johnson C. Smith University and Myers Park Presbyterian Church. About a dozen faith traditions are represented in MeckMin, with its mission of promoting interfaith dialogue.
Next Cursillo Scheduled:
An Episcopal weekend retreat consisting of reflection, worship, prayer and music led by laypersons and guided by priests, Cursillo will be held Thursday evening, July 30, through Sunday, August 2. For questions, contact Fran or Manning Huske (email@example.com
Looking Ahead: Mark Your Calendars
Visit www.st-peters.org for more details and news.
- Recovery Eucharist: August 9, 5:00 p.m.
- Pride Parade: August 16, 1:00 p.m. – Walkers and hospitality helpers needed. Sign-up begins soon.
- Formation Celebration and Fall Launch: September 13, 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
- CROP Walk to fight hunger: October 18, 2:00 p.m.